Vision adopted for Windy Hill

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Over the course of 2019 we have reached out to thousands of residents, community groups and other key stakeholders and encouraged them to share their vision for the future of Windy Hill. We heard overwhelmingly that we need to:

  • Acknowledge the history of this iconic venue
  • Retain the sporting function for the cultural and social heritage it represents, and the opportunities it creates for “a healthy city”
  • Improve the existing infrastructure and amenity to create a welcoming user experience for all.

Council, at its ordinary meeting of Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 endorsed the vision and principles for Windy Hill as an agreed position on the future of this iconic space from the community and stakeholders.

The endorsed vision is for Windy Hill to:

  • have its former glory restored, and be a place where people are proud to play, stay and remember
  • be a centre of health and wellbeing, with quality opportunities for sport, recreation, leisure, events and lifelong learning
  • be a place to celebrate and foster Aboriginal culture and recognise the special connection to Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung of the Kulin Nation, and reconciliation from marngrook to now
  • be a culturally and socially rich precinct that acknowledges the past
  • be a renowned champion of gender equity
  • be a vibrant, safe, welcoming and inviting space featuring high-quality open space and landscapes with green vegetation and trees
  • feature high-quality sustainable architecture and design with innovative technology
  • feel like a seamless park within the Essendon neighbourhood where access by walking, cycling or public transport is the easy safe option
  • provide an opportunity for community, prevention-focused partnerships to flourish.

To view the full vision document, click HERE

Over the course of 2019 we have reached out to thousands of residents, community groups and other key stakeholders and encouraged them to share their vision for the future of Windy Hill. We heard overwhelmingly that we need to:

  • Acknowledge the history of this iconic venue
  • Retain the sporting function for the cultural and social heritage it represents, and the opportunities it creates for “a healthy city”
  • Improve the existing infrastructure and amenity to create a welcoming user experience for all.

Council, at its ordinary meeting of Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 endorsed the vision and principles for Windy Hill as an agreed position on the future of this iconic space from the community and stakeholders.

The endorsed vision is for Windy Hill to:

  • have its former glory restored, and be a place where people are proud to play, stay and remember
  • be a centre of health and wellbeing, with quality opportunities for sport, recreation, leisure, events and lifelong learning
  • be a place to celebrate and foster Aboriginal culture and recognise the special connection to Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung of the Kulin Nation, and reconciliation from marngrook to now
  • be a culturally and socially rich precinct that acknowledges the past
  • be a renowned champion of gender equity
  • be a vibrant, safe, welcoming and inviting space featuring high-quality open space and landscapes with green vegetation and trees
  • feature high-quality sustainable architecture and design with innovative technology
  • feel like a seamless park within the Essendon neighbourhood where access by walking, cycling or public transport is the easy safe option
  • provide an opportunity for community, prevention-focused partnerships to flourish.

To view the full vision document, click HERE

Tell your story

It is time to think about the future for Windy Hill. 

What does Windy Hill mean to you? 

Tell us what you most love about Windy Hill and share your fondest memories. 

Thank you for sharing!

We are also interested to know how you imagine Windy Hill looking in the future.  Go to the Ideas tab to make your contribution.

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    Childhood love for the Red and Black

    by Boz, over 1 year ago

    I grew up in West Brunswick from 1962 to 1987 to Migrant parents whom had little interest for our great game, but luckily I had an older brother that gave me my passion for my beloved Bombers. Growing up in Brunswick most people either followed Essendon or Carlton and there was a real rivalry throughout all of the adjoining suburbs. I remember from an early age knowing when a game was being played  because of all the Red and Black supporters trudging across the suburbs on their way to either Windy Hill or Princes Park, I would immediately follow the... Continue reading

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    Childhood Memories

    by ds79, over 1 year ago

    Put simply, when I think of Windy Hill, I smile. From the first VFL game I attended way back in 1986 to the final AFL game there in 1991 against the Brisbane Bears it has provided so many memorable times. Often we'd pile into the car after VicKick, drive the short journey and park at a friends place who lived round the corner. We'd precariously walk single file across the rickety footbridge praying it didn't collapse beneath us. Once we made it safely across we could see the Showers Pavillion and it was at that time the kids in the... Continue reading

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    My last visit for footy

    by Voltaire, over 1 year ago

    I remember the last football game I saw there was a VFA Grand Final between Coburg and Williamstown in 1989. It was a warm day and the atmosphere was joyful. My memory is that people were very friendly and I know I ran in to various characters as I went around the ground. I might be wrong but I think the peanut man was patrolling the boundary. Phil Cleary's Coburg had been dominant for a few seasons but most of the crowd were supporting Willy. Coburg won the game but Willy's supporters seemed to have their own victory in one... Continue reading

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